Words have always held a fascination for me, and I’m probably most comfortable when I have a book or a pen in my hand, even in this digital age. Much of my working life has involved writing in some form, or encouraging and enabling others to express themselves on the page.
Even though I’ve kept a journal since childhood, it wasn’t until a few years ago, while teaching creative writing in a prison, that I began to recognise the power of the writing process and its potential. At that point, a seed was sown which has since germinated and come to fruition in the work I do today.
The qualifications and experience I’ve gained along the way have all contributed to this process:
- Creative Writing for Wellbeing and Reflective Practice (Orchard Foundation)
- Introduction to Therapeutic and Reflective Writing (Professional Writing Academy)
- Foundation Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills and Studies (Metanoia Institute)
- 17 years teaching and teacher training in a range of settings
- Certificate in Education (South Bank University)
- BA in English Language and Literature (Oxford University)
I’m also a member of:
- Lapidus International, the organisation of words for wellbeing practitioners
- NAWE, the National Association of Writers in Education
- Mole Valley Poets, a stanza of the Poetry Society
and co-founder of WritingforLife